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New York Poised to Close Last Coal-fire Power Plant

LCG, December 4, 2019--The last operating coal-fired power plant in New York is moving toward closure shortly. Last month, Somerset Operating Company, a subsidiary of Riesling Power LLC, submitted a request to the New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) to waive the state's required, 180-day notice to close the Somerset Station, allowing the facility to be retired on February 15, 2020. Closure is contingent on approvals by both NYSPSC and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which will evaluate if it will cause an adverse effect on grid reliability.

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Construction Commences on Enel’s Aurora Wind Farm in North Dakota

Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGPNA”), the US renewable energy company of the Enel Group, has started construction of the 299-MW Aurora Wind Farm in North Dakota.

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FPL Announces Plans to Construct Combined-Cycle Facility in Florida

LCG, July 7, 2015-Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) last week announced plans to construct the 1,600-MW Okeechobee Clean Energy Center in Florida. The natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant is estimated to cost $1.2 billion and is planned to commence service by mid-2019.

"Not only would this new plant help us meet the needs of Florida's growing population and economy, it would also be one of the lowest-cost, cleanest and most efficient of its kind in the world," stated the president and CEO of FPL.

In March 2015 FPL filed with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) its ten-year plan that forecast a significant need for additional firm power generation beginning in 2019, with more to be added in future years. FPL also issued in the first quarter a Request for Proposals (RFP) to invite prospective bids from interested power providers for firm generation. However, FPL received only one partial bid that did not conform to the terms of the RFP and fell far short of meeting the required energy need. With such a response, FPL plans to proceed and construct its own facility.

The proposed Okeechobee Clean Energy Center would be built on company-owned property in northeastern Okeechobee County, where the 2,800-acre property also offers space to accommodate future large-scale solar power generation facilities.

Prior to construction, regulatory approval will be required, and the process is expected to extend for 14-16 months. Plans must undergo comprehensive reviews by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, FPSC and a number of other county, state and federal government agencies. FPL intends to file for regulatory approval in the coming months.

The president and CEO of FPL stated, "We're building on our successful strategy of phasing out older, inefficient facilities and replacing them with advanced, high-efficiency clean-energy technology in a way that ensures we can meet the growing energy needs of Floridians while keeping their electric rates low. The strategy is working: our system is among the cleanest and most fuel-efficient in the U.S., and our typical customer bills are about 30 percent lower than the national average."
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